Wizards for a day: Meeker, Rangely host Hogwarts nights

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Parkview’s A Night at Hogwarts Friday, Oct. 26

RANGELY | Rangely’s Parkview Elementary will host its annual “A Night at Hogwarts” this Friday, Oct. 26 from 5:30-8 p.m. As always the evening will be filled with Harry Potter themed fun and magic. Families of muggles and magicians alike will be sorted into Hogwart’s houses as they prepare to venture into the magical school where they will experience classes pulled straight from the pages of Harry Potter. Visitors can also check out Honeyduke’s Sweet Shop, try the locally brewed Butter Beer and experience the Owlery, Dragon’s Lair and Forbidden Forest. Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, Luna, Hagrid and Harry Potter himself will be wandering the school during the event.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the Parkview Office or at the door the night of the event for $3 per person or $10 per family. Galleons, which are the only currency accepted at the event, can be purchased for $1 each. Refunds for unused Galleons will not be given.
Proceeds from the community event, which is in its sixth year, benefit the classrooms at Parkview, providing funds for teachers to purchase classroom items. According to school secretary Cheri Smith, who helps coordinate the event, in year’s past Hogwarts has raised more than $6,000. The funds go directly to the classrooms of participating teachers who purchase a wide variety of items.
“Teachers are able to use their share for anything they choose for their classroom. The wonderful part about it is that they can buy whatever they choose and it doesn’t come from their own pocket,” Smith said.
To help with parking pressure this year the Knight Bus (recognized by those of you fluent in Harry Potter) will run shuttle trips from the Early Education Center on Main Street to Parkview beginning at 4:45 p.m.
Questions can be directed to Smith in the Parkview Office at 970-675-2267.

By Jen Hill | jen@ht1885.com

RBC Extension hosts Meeker Hogwarts Night Oct. 27

MEEKER | For the second year in a row, the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series will return to Meeker. On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Rio Blanco County Extension Office will host “A Magical Night at Hogwarts in Meeker” from 6-10 p.m at the 4-H building at the fairgrounds. Proceeds from the evening’s event will benefit the county’s 4-H clubs.

Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family (up to six people). Galleons (tokens) will be sold to use at booths set up by various 4-H clubs offering games, activities, experiments, food, drink and sweets. Activities will be available for all ages, from toddlers through adults. Several booths will offer STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) educational activities. Those booths will be free of charge.

New this year are horse-drawn carriage rides, Hogwarts Express and the Night Sky in the Great Hall (4-H Building).

“We built a 70×75 foot false ceiling for the building that is covered in LED fairy lights and will be available to rent for events in the building. The funds earned will go toward continuing this event,” said 4-H Youth Program Coordinator Tera Shults via email.

Returning activities include the Tri Wizard Maze, Quidditch, face painting, a bounce house and more.

Booths will include Hagrid’s chili and “troll snot soup” (cheddar broccoli) at the Leaky Cauldron, butter beer at the Three Broomsticks, homemade root beer and homemade candy, Ollivander’s wand shop and the Magical Menagerie, to name a few.

Whether you’re a wizard or a muggle, a die-hard fan of the book series or just  looking for family-friendly fun, “A Magical Night at Hogwarts in Meeker” is a great way to spend the evening and support local 4-H programs. Approximately 400 people attended last year’s event and raised about $5,000.

All are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the Extension office at 970-878-9490.

By Niki Turner | niki@ht1885.com